County Judge Dean Fowler said the county’s match could be from $108,000 to $215,000.
He said a THC spokeswoman thought they could get all the work done for about $323,000, but could total upwards of $430,000.
“We’ve got to make this building ADA compliant,” Fowler said. He said that, by accepting the grant, the county would not have to bear the cost alone.
Motion to accept the grant was by Pct. 1 Comm. James Crittenden, and seconded by Pct. 4 Comm. Mike Spencer. It passed unanimously.
Required work will include correcting a ramp in the basement (called the First Floor), installing ADA-compliant restrooms.
The money can also go toward restoring the courthouse to its 1937 appearance.
In other business, the court followed the recommendation of Treasurer Myra Harris and appointed county employees Ruth Whiteside, Elaine McKinley and Jill McCauley to a board overseeing the county’s Sick Pool. Mrs. Whiteside was appointed to a one-year term, and the others to 3-year terms.
Mrs. Harris is automatically a member of the board.
The pool allows county employees to donate days to the pool which can be used by other employees who have exhausted their vacation and sick-leave time. Only those who have donated can draw from the pool.